The Grindle Witch
How To Train Your Demon
Release Date: 2 April 272 pages | Hardback/ ebook Author: Benjamin J Myers Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
When the Jolly family moves from the big city to an idyllic country village, teenage Jack is expecting his summer to be pretty boring. But Grindle has a dark history, and Jack’s crush on a local girl leads him into all kinds of supernatural trouble.
Several mythological nasties turn up; there’s a magic blacksmith, and a creepy demon hunter. Still, the supernatural stuff is often easier to swallow than the daft decisions the teenagers make. Benjamin Myers uses some bizarre metaphors and turns of phrase. When it works, the style enhances the eerie atmosphere; when it doesn’t, it just seems clunky and archaic. But the story is wellpaced and compelling, with a few unexpected twists. Like Grindle itself, The Grindle Witch has its quirks, but it’s definitely not boring. Sarah Dobbs If anyone should know about fighting baddies, it’s author Benjamin J Myers – a qualified battlefield survival instructor.